Library advocates fight to stave off budget cuts. (Queens Times-Ledger, 5/18/2012)
Excerpt: “The mayor’s executive budget, if enacted, would cut $26.7 million in funding to vital services provided by the Queens Library,” said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Council Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee. “These cuts would
- put over 600 librarians out of a job,
- close 18 libraries altogether,
- eliminate Sunday services at all branches and
- potentially keep 30 libraries closed four or five days a week.